Date: 10th November 2010 at 10:33pm
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Neil Mellor scored a hat-trick to help Wednesday to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area semi-finals thanks to a 4-1 victory over npower League One rivals Hartlepool United at Hillsborough.

The on-loan hitman enjoyed a fine day at the office with his treble, while Gary Teale also found the back of the net for Alan Irvine’s men. Fabian Yantorno replied for the hosts with what turned out to be a consolation.

It’s the second time this season the Owls have dished out a heavy defeat on the Victoria Park club following a 5-0 victory in the league meeting at ‘Pool earlier this season.

Owls boss Alan Irvine made just the one change to the side that defeated Southport 5-2 in the FA Cup 1st round on Sunday, with Lewis Buxton replacing the out-of-form Mark Beevers at the heart of the defence.

Irvine stuck with the same strike pairing of Mellor and Clinton Morrison that worked so well in the weekend’s FA Cup clash, but the hosts were still without the injured Jermaine Johnson.

Former Owl Ritchie Humphreys was suspended, for the first time in his career, for the clash following his dismissal for Hartlepool in their 0-0 draw with Vauxhall Motors in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Owls took their confidence from the high-scoring win at Southport into the clash and had the first opportunity in front of goal in the fourth minute when Giles Coke stormed through on goal before putting Mellor in, but the move came to nothing.

The visitors were hardly in the contest early on and Wednesday’s good start was rewarded in just the eighth minute when Mellor fired the hosts ahead.

Morrison gave the on-loan striker the chance to curl his effort beyond Hartlepool stopper Jake Kean and into the back of the net.

Wednesday could have doubled their lead not long after, Kean this time equal to an effort by Morrison.

There was a dip in action midway through the first half and the hosts were dealt a blow when Jon Otsemobor had to be replaced by Beevers, who moved to centre-back and Buxton moved to fill in at right-back.

Just minutes later Wednesday doubled their lead as Teale produced a superb cross for Mellor to double his tally for the evening with a neat finish from close range.

Wednesday, at 2-0 to the good, should have been in full control of the match and will have been expected to maintain their two-goal cushion going into the break.

Hartlepool had other ideas, and Yantorno was left unmarked to drill a long-range effort beyond Weaver and into the back of the net to get the visitors back into the contest just minutes before half-time.

Half-Time: Wednesday 2-1 Hartlepool

The visitors will have been keen to carry their momentum into the start of the second-half, but to Wednesday’s credit they came flying out of the traps and promptly bagged their third of the night.

Mellor was felled inside the box not long after the restart and he dusted himself off to drill home the Owls, and his, third of the night.

The on-loan striker wasn’t going to let the chance to take home the match ball go.

Wednesday had been forced to take skipper Darren Purse off as a precaution at half-time, Buxton moving to centre-back and Chris Sedgwick coming on to fill in at right-back.

But the changes did little to change the flow of the game and, if anything, worked in Wednesday’s favour as a fourth goal followed.

Coke put Teale in and the former Derby man produced a top-drawer finish to leave Kean stranded and all-but seal Wednesday’s progression in the next round.

But, as with the first-half, Wednesday, although looking likely to progress after 55 minutes, took their foot off the gas and allowed their visitors back into the game.

Luckily Nicky Weaver, hero in the last round, was again at the top of his game to make a number of good saves to deny ‘Pool a way back into the contest.

Yantorno and Andy Monkhouse were both thwarted by the Owls number one, while Armann Bjornsson also headed wide.

With Hartlepool missing their best chances of the match, the writing was on the wall and Wednesday eased into the next round.

Full-Time: Wednesday 4-1 Hartlepool


8 Replies to “Wednesday 4-1 Hartlepool United”

  • much better tonight even though hartlepool are awful. was really impressed with the passing tonight thought it was 10 times better than normal, also like the fact weaver threw the ball out instead of kicking it almost every time. good win well played mellor and everyone else!

  • Yes we played well but if their strikers had taken their chances and Weaver had not been on his toes the score may have been different

  • Thats wot Mellor and Morrison need a decent run in the team playing together not coming on as subs with different partners,these 2 seem to gel well together and with 5 goals between em in 2 games shows.

  • i hope irvine sticks with the same forward line for the league cos I know he has picked different teams for the cup. surely the fact that we have scored 9 goals and created a lot of chances must have made an impression

  • Do these comments mean we all want to drop Tudgay, or should we play him in midfield. A midfield 4 of JJ, Coke, Miller, Tudgay would take this league by storm with M&M upfront.

  • Bexy1977, i dont think anybody will disagree with that, with the exception of mr irvine, no doubt tudgay will be back upfront for mellor and potter and o’conner will be our midfield generals on saturady.

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